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Harvard East Asian Monographs 205

A Patterned Past

Form and Thought in Early Chinese Historiography

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ISBN 9780674008618

Publication Date: 04/15/2002


528 pages

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  • Conventions
  • Dukes of Lu in the Spring and Autumn Period
  • Abbreviations
  • Introduction
  • Part I: Speech and Pattern
    • 1. The Rhetoric of Good Order
      • Speech and the Order of Prose
      • Rhetoric in Practice
      • Rhetoric in Theory
      • Rhetoric in Philosophy
    • 2. Wen and the Meaning of Verbal Art
      • Wen and the Burden of Artifacts
      • Text as Artifact: Citing the Zhouyi
      • Artifacts of the Zhou: Citing the Shi and Shangshu
      • King Wen and Wenci
      • The Concert for Ji Zha
    • 3. Intelligibility in the Extra-human World
      • Heaven and Earth
      • The Five Phases and Yin-yang
      • Theories of the Human: Music, War, and the Responsive Universe
    • 4. Order in the Human World
      • Spirits and Ancestors
      • Cultural Others
      • The Royal Center
      • The Hegemon
      • Interstate Relations
      • Internal Administration
      • The Confucian Virtues
  • Part II: Narrative and Justice
    • 5. The Anecdotal History
      • Readings of Historiographical Narrative
      • Form and Judgment
      • Experiments in Vision
    • 6. Narrative and Recompense
      • The Anecdote Series
      • Bao and the Economy of Narrative
    • 7. Aesthetics and Meaning
      • Pleasures and Consequences
      • Poetry Recitation
      • War and the Utopian Gesture
    • 8. Writing and the Ends of History
      • The Invisible Authors
      • Time and Narration
      • The Decline of the Zhou Order
      • The Rise of the South
      • The Dilemma of Writing
      • The Death of Confucius and the Birth of Historiography
  • Appendix: Orality and the Origins of the Zuozhuan and Guoyu
  • Reference Matter
    • Notes
    • Works Cited
    • Chinese Character List
    • Index Locorum
    • Subject Index

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